Some say that the American holiday of Thanksgiving is nothing more than a myth built on tragedy. I say it’s a day of counting your blessings, no matter how hard that may be during these trying times. And we must never forget that times are always trying for someone regardless of the season.
Inspired by a delightful post Emily Suess wrote last year, I decided to create my list of 100 things I’m thankful for. It’s been an interesting year or three, and I want to make sure I take a moment to stop and reflect on what I’ve been through, where I am now, and why I haven’t stopped striving for something better.
Please forgive me if I seem a bit like Little Orphan Annie here. I’m a die-hard realist 364 days a year, but for this one day, I want to pause and be grateful. So in no particular order, here goes ...
Knee-high socks. Great with knee-high boots.
Financial freedom. I don’t have as much of it as I would like, but I’ve had less.
Sunsets. Natural beauty knows no bounds.
Architecture. Man-made beauty ain’t half bad either.
Sunshine. Laying in the sun on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Cats know what’s up.
Contemporary art. The ingenuity of this subgenre never fails to impress me.
Patience. I have little, but I know a virtue when I see one.
Volunteer opportunities. Reminds me that giving back is never a chore.
Ice cream. The best dessert form.
Music of all kinds. Because variety is the spice of life!
Historical perspective. My ancestors’ struggle must never be forgotten.
Libraries. Best invention ever!
Freedom. Vague, but true.
Physically able-bodied. I have a strong constitution, rarely get sick and all of my body functions work to the best of their ability = very blessed I am.
Fresh air. If you’ve ever been to the Portland airport in Oregon or Lancaster County in Pennsylvania, you know what I mean.
Historical tours. What can I say? Visiting a new city is incomplete without one.
Wifi in my apartment. Sitting on my bed or couch surfing the net never felt so good.
Los Angeles. Millions of people see only your flaws, but I became so much more of the person I want to be after moving to Los Angeles. For that reason alone, I’ll always defend you and be eternally grateful.
Modern dentistry. A necessary, but amazingly comforting evil.
My sense of humor. I don’t think I’d be here without it.
Mustangs. The sweetest cars ever made.
Animation. From Bugs Bunny to Phineas & Ferb!
Vacuum cleaners. I know they make my life easier. How about you?
Thigh-high stockings. Because one-piece pantyhose are just awful.
My inquisitive nature. With it, I am forever incandescent. See what I did there.
Soldiers and sailors. I know it sounds hokey, cliched and sooooo "Middle America," but my grandfather was a paratrooper in Vietnam. He still gets nightmares to this day. I'm grateful that men and women like him make that sacrifice so I don't have to.
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